Cristiano Ronaldo asked to re-join Sporting CP by mother

Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother has urged the Manchester United forward to return to Sporting CP before he calls time on his career.

The 36-year-old sealed a different return this summer, leaving Juventus in favour of a move back to Old Trafford. Predictably, he’s been an instant hit, bagging four goals in his first three games back in red.

His mother, Dolores, has confessed that she cried tears of joy when Ronaldo scored on his second debut for United, but she stressed to Sporting’s YouTube channel that she hopes her son isn’t in England for much longer.

“Ronaldo has to come back (to Sporting), he’d be here for me,” she told ADN de Leao. “He likes watching Sporting’s games. I’ve already told him: ‘Son, before I die I want to see you return to Sporting’. ‘Let’s see…’, he said.

“Today, the number seven shirt belongs to [Bruno] Tabata…for now. When Ronaldo comes, it will be his! Ronaldo, coming here, will make up for it with the sales of shirts. In Manchester it was crazy.”

At 36, you might think that Ronaldo’s career is coming to a close, but the Portugal international’s ridiculous physical fitness will likely help him keep going for years to come, so a return to Sporting when his United contract ends cannot be ruled out.

Ronaldo has signed on at Old Trafford for at least two years, with the club also holding the option to extend that by a further year.

Things could have been so different had United signed for cross-town rivals Manchester City, but Dolores insisted that she always knew links to Pep Guardiola’s side were purely fictional.

She said: “On the TV there was talk of Man City, but he said to me: ‘Mum, don’t worry about what they’re saying, because I’m going to United.”